Sox deal Quentin to Padres

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Sox deal Quentin to Padres

Well, I guess the Carlos Quentin talk picked up again.

Just days after it was reported talks between the Padres and White Sox about Quentin have soured, Chicago dealt the veteran outfielder to San Diego for two pitching prospects.

It seems a bit odd coming on the coattails of that news and announcing the deal on the last day of 2011, but 2012 can start anew for both franchises as well as the slugger.

The White Sox receive right-hander Simon Castro and left-hander Pedro Hernandez in return. Neither pitcher made Baseball America's Top 10 Padres prospect list, but Castro was the organization's third-ranked prospect just a year before.

Kenny Williams used the word "rebuilding" when discussing the offseason plans for his team and as WhiteSoxTalk's JJ Stankevitz mentioned earlier this week, it's hard to call it a rebuild if Quentin, the franchise's most expendable player, is not dealt.

The 29-year-old outfielder was set to become a free agent at the end of the 2012 season.

Castro, who will turn 24 April 9, split time last season between Double-A and Triple-A, posting a 5.63 ERA and 1.44 WHIP spanning 22 starts. In his six starts at Triple-A Tucson, however, the Dominican Republic native struggled badly to the tune of a 10.17 ERA and 2.14 WHIP. He was rated the 57th best prospect in the game by Baseball America prior to the 2010 season and the 58th best prospect before 2011 got under way.

Hernandez, 22, also struggled at Triple-A last season, posting a 6.00 ERA and 1.89 WHIP. But, he excelled in High-A and Double-A earlier in the season, making 24 appearances (14 starts). The Venezuelan native boasts a 8.0 K9 ratio throughout his minor league career, during which he has bounced around between being a starter and a reliever.

Quentin hails from San Diego and will add a middle-of-the-order presence to a team sorely lacking in that area since trading away Adrian Gonzalez before the start of the 2011 season.

Josh Byrnes, who took over as the Padres' GM after Jed Hoyer left for the Cubs, was in the same position in Arizona when he traded Quentin to the White Sox from the Diamondbacks.

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four of the team's top-10 prospects and a former All-Star are among the 19 nonroster invitees to White Sox big league camp this spring.

The team announced Monday that prospects Michael Kopech, Zack Collins, Zack Burdi and Spencer Adams have all been invited to camp next month. Everth Cabrera, an All-Star in 2013 for the San Diego Padres, Cody Asche, Cory Luebke and Geovany Soto are among the eight minor league free agents who also received an invitation. Pitchers and catchers report to camp in Glendale, Ariz. on Feb. 14 while the team holds its first full-squad workout on Feb. 18.

Kopech was acquired in the Chris Sale trade in December while Collins and Burdi were both selected in the 2016 amateur draft. Adams was drafted in 2014.

Signed earlier this month, Soto is expected to earn a spot on the 25-man roster. Soto, who played for the White Sox in 2015, finished last season with four home runs and an .809 OPS in 86 plate appearances for the Los Angeles Angels.

Cabrera, who produced 4.6 Wins Above Replacement between 2012-13, hasn't played in the majors since he appeared in 29 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2015. Luebke, who has twice had reconstructive elbow surgery, finished with a 9.35 ERA in nine games for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. Asche blasted 31 homers with a .240/.298/.385 slash line in 1,287 plate appearances since 2013 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Other minor league free agents include: left-handed pitcher David Holmberg, right-handers Blake Smith and Anthony Swarzak, and catcher Roberto Pena.

White Sox minor leaguer pitchers Aaron Bummer, Brian Clark, Jace Fry and Matt Purke, infielders Nicky Delmonico and Danny Hayes, and outfielder Courtney Hawkins also have been invited to camp.

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